Club Meeting March 13 2019 Rotary Foundation


Chairperson Neville Kruss welcomed all to the meeting including special guest and presenter Tony Monley (ex District Governor). Tony is the District Foundation Chair.
Larry Green stepped in to fill the shoes of Ian who was absent and communicated the following:

Encouraged RCBMC members to support Jo Impey on her upcoming Ms Melbourne Cycle

Encouraged RCBMC members to support Terry Kane event this weekend

He advised any International coins or stamps to be given to Helen Nodrum

Encouraged RCBMC members to support the Geoff Gartly event this weekend down on the beach front

Guest speaker

Tony Money gave a great presentation on the Rotary Foundation enlightening all in attendance on the history and the depth of reach the foundation has in the world. All of the notes were sent to the members post meeting by Greg. The RCBMC (via Peter Lewis) made a cheque presentation to Toney to the value of $12,000 of which he was delighted and very grateful. This contribution was an increase to previous years’ donations.

The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.

  • 1917 – Arch Klumph proposed an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.”
    • 1928 – renamed The Rotary Foundation – a distinct entity within Rotary International.
    • 1929 – first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children.
    • 1947 – Paul Harris died – contributions began pouring in.
    • 1947 – established first program – Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial
    • 1965-66 – Three programs launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training,
    Matching Grants.
    • 1978 – introduced Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants – first grant funded immunization
    of 6 million Philippine children against polio.
    • 1985 – PolioPlus program launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
    • 1987-88 – first peace forums held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
    • 2013 – new grants model launched.
    • Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, Foundation has received more than $1 billion.

    There are 6 primary areas of focus
    Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
    Disease prevention and treatment.
    Water and sanitation.
    Maternal and child health.
    Basic education and literacy.
    Economic and community development.

    Tony was able to accept, in person, this Club’s contribution to the Rotary Foundation of $12,000.
    Thanks Tony for coming along this morning and helping us to understand and appreciate the great work being done by the Rotary Foundation
    Happy wedding anniversary to the O’Brien’s celebrating 48 years
    Happy birthday to Greg O’Shea
    Upcoming information to be communicated includes the details of the Wednesday dinner meeting along with Changeover Dinner whici is scheduled for the 22nd or 29th June

Sergeant Tim Lynch was back to his best fining as many members as possible in the Sergeant session before chairperson Neville wrapped up his session and passed to Larry Green to close the meeting.

Greg O’Shea
(our normal meeting reporter , Zilla is still unable to attend meetings due to a very bad cold/flu/chest infection. We wish her a speedy recovery)


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